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Emerging Needs: COVID-19 Response and Future Mitigation




Emerging Needs: COVID-19 Response and Future Mitigation is a funding opportunity being released by the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) that is open to Canadian small and medium-sized companies.

The DHS S&T Broad Call is looking for applications from industry pertaining to COVID-19. This topic call is seeking ground-breaking solutions that can address one or more of the following DHS scenarios:

  • Test & Validation Service for Security & Privacy of Contact Tracing Apps
  • Video Analytics for Self-Screening at TSA Checkpoints
  • Methods to Rapidly Disinfect Surfaces at TSA Checkpoints and other DHS Facilities
  • Collection and Integration of Authoritative Quantitative Open-Source Information
  • Stand-Off Methods for Point of Entry Detection at DHS Facilities

Eligible Applicants

In order to be eligible for SVIP, an applicant must be a nontraditional Government contractor. This means “…an entity that is not currently performing and has not performed, for at least the one-year period preceding the selection of sources” by the Government “…any contract or subcontract for the Department of Homeland Security that is subject to full coverage under the cost accounting standards pursuant to” 41 U.S.C. 1502. In addition, the applicant must fall within the additional eligibility requirements
stated below.

  • When applying for Phase 1, applicants must have fewer than 200 employees or full-time equivalents (FTE)s. Calculations for FTEs must take into account and include affiliated businesses, such as parent companies and subsidiaries, that are either in or outside of the USA.
  • When applying for a Phase 1, applicants must not have been a party to any Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based contracts (to include Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)) and/or Federally awarded grants or cooperative agreements with a combined total of more than $1,000,000 in the past 12 months from date of application, whether as a prime contractor or subcontractor;
  • When applying to Technical Calls under this OTS, applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number, which they can register for at

Eligible Expenses

DHS S&T anticipates making Phase 1 awards of $50,000 to $200,000 in funding for each award, covering a period of performance of 3 to 6 months. Successful projects will be eligible for subsequent phases of funding with similar levels of funding and duration.

The SVIP is structured in 4 Phases, with an opportunity to award a Phase 5 for further testing/piloting in additional operational environments and potentially addressing additional use cases. Accordingly, a project receiving 4 phases of funding may receive a total of $200,000 to $800,000 over a total period of performance of up to 24 months.

Deadline Date

September 30, 2020
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